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Full text of "Action Report, Iwo Jima, February, 1945"

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REPORT OF OPERATIONS IN THE I WO JIM A CAMPAI 

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FEBRUARY 1945 



LOWER CLIFF AREA AT BASE OF MT. SURIBACHI 

AS OF FEBRUARY 3, 194S 
Note the many caves in this area. 



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MT. SURIBACHI AND LEFT FLANK OF LANDING BEACHES 
D PLUS FIVE 

Naval gunfire and dynamite have caused landslides 
which blocked entrances to many of the caves lo- 
cated in the cliffs near the waterline. 

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GREEN BEACH TWO AND BASE OF SURIBACHI 
(3 February 1945) 
Coast defense positions are circled 




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SURIBACHI MOUNTAIN- -D minus TWO 
Two of the positions marked are those appearing on 
photograph — page 4. 




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SURIBACHI MOUNTAIN - D PLUS 5 
Note condition of gun positions at base. This 
four gun battery was destroyed on D -1 by USS 
TENNESSEE. 




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Openings on either side housed 20 to 40 mm. guns. 



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TARGET 114A 
WRECKED BLOCKHOUSE RED BEACH 2 
Large quantities of reinforcing bars were used 
in all concrete emplacements. 

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TARGET 144 
BLOCKHOUSE RED BEACH ONE 
Direct hit - probably by 14 inch shell 




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TARGET 144 

INTERIOR VIEW LOOKING THROUGH FIRING PORT 
Now used by marines as communication center 



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TARGET 119A 
REAR ENTRANCE TO BLOCKHOUSE - RED 2 
This blockhouse was in two separate parts with a 
tunnel connecting. Oil drums were used for spare 
ammunition and water. 

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AMMUNITION STORAGE AND POSSIBLY, WHEN EMPTY, 

ONE MAN PILLBOX 
Note openings near the top and cover at rear, 
in background. Rear of RED Beach 2. 




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TWIN MOUNT AUTOMATIC AA - VICINITY AIRFIELD NO 1 
(Personnel shelter is underneath revetment) 

A heavy AA concentration existed on Iwo. Air 
strikes were very effective in destroying or 
damaging a large number of these and heavier 
guns . 



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BATTERY OF FOUR CASEMATED GUNS IN CLIFF AREA 

( Photo- -D plus two) 
This battery, three guns of which had not been 
definitely located due to almost perfect cam- 
ouflage, was destroyed by USS JMHO on D minus 
one. These particular guns (probably 6*') in- 
flicted substantial damage to LCI (G)'s on D 
minus two. 



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